Historic Olympic memorabilia set for Graham Budd Auctions sale

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Historic Olympic memorabilia set for Graham Budd Auctions sale

5 Jul 2012, 11:49 GMT+01

The sporting memorabilia specialists Graham Budd Auctions will host an auction of Olympic memorabilia in the week leading up to the opening ceremony in London on July 27.

The sale, which takes place in conjunction with Sotheby’s on July 24, will feature a wealth of important items documenting the history of the modern games. Over 600 lots will be sold during two sessions at Sotheby’s sale room in New Bond Street, ranging from medals and winner’s diplomas to posters, programs and original artwork.

Topping the sale will be a superb complete set of cased Gold, Silver and Bronze medals won by British competitors during the 1908 London Olympics. The medals, awarded for water polo, shooting and bantam boxing respectively, each feature an athlete being crowned by two young maidens with St George slaying the dragon on the reverse. The unique set is expected to sell for £15,000 - £20,000.

Also valued at £15,000 - £20,000 is a highly rare copy of the 1904 Olympic Report by Charles J.P Lucas, inscribed to the publisher Walter B. Woodward. One of a handful of personalised copies bound in red and featuring the recipient’s name on the cover, the report is one of just two examples known to exist – and the rarest ever Olympic report to appear at auction.

Similarly highly-valued lots include an Olympic Bronze medal awarded to Guy Dugdale for the Great Britain four-man bobsleigh at the Winter Games of 1936 (£17,000 -£20,000), a Bronze second prize medal from the 1896 Athens games (£15,000 - £18,000) and a 1904 St Louis Olympic Games athlete’s participation medal (£14,000 - £16,000).

The original Sir (John) Bernard Partridge artwork for the London 1908 Gold Winner’s Diploma will be offered at the sale, valued at £12,000 - £15,000, alongside official posters advertising the games throughout the 20th century.

Other notable items include a 1924 Paris Olympic Games gold medal winner’s Sevres porcelain vase, priced at £9,000 - £12,000, and a flag flown at the Olympic Stadium during the 1936 Berlin Games – discovered by British serviceman Wilfrid Brooks in 1945 when the Allied Forces entered Berlin and were stationed at the stadium.

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